Apply to be a McNair Scholar

Program At-a-Glance

The goal of McNair Scholars is to give undergraduate students intensive, faculty-driven research experiences and prepare students for entry into and success in graduate school.

Through a 10-week summer research program combined with academic year programming and advising, McNair Scholars will:

  • Work with a University faculty mentor with similar research interests
  • Receive a $3,500 stipend
  • Learn how to develop a quality research paper
  • Receive help with the graduate school application process (i.e. identify graduate programs, write a personal statement, and create a curriculum vitae)
  • Present research at poster sessions
  • And most importantly, develop a great relationship with a professor, which can be an invaluable asset in getting admitted to graduate school


  • The U of M McNair program is open to all Twin Cities students in all colleges and majors, U of M coordinate campuses (Crookston, Duluth, Rochester), and Minnesota colleges and universities that do not have their own McNair program: Carleton College, Hamline University, Macalester College, Metropolitan State University, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, St. Catherine University, St. John’s University, and University of St. Thomas.
  • First-generation college student and income eligible, or from an underrepresented group
  • GPA of 2.75 and above
  • Full-time sophomore or junior and a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident

Strong applicants demonstrate

  • Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, including students with STEM focus.
  • Strong academic performance in major courses
  • Recommendation from faculty
  • Strong writing skills, as demonstrated through writing samples and/or faculty recommendation
  • Frequently asked questions about eligibility and applying

How to apply

The McNair program is accepting applications for the 2019 cohort. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Attend an information session. Staff and alumni will answer questions about the program, the application process, and can provide feedback on personal statements.

Pick up an application from 40 Education Sciences Building, 8:30-4:00, Monday-Friday. Please ask if a McNair staff member is available, as we will be happy to meet with you.

Although we provide the application online, we strongly encourage coming in to discuss program questions about the application process in-person or by phone. Through these discussions we can provide tips on applying, including writing a strong personal statement and requesting faculty recommendations.

If you are not on the University of Minnesota campus, please contact Anthony Albecker,

Population served

  • Students enrolled in public or private colleges who have completed 90 quarter credits or 50 semester credits with at least 12 credits in area of research interest.
  • Students enrolled in public or private colleges who have completed 90 quarter credits or 50 semester credits with at least 12 credits in area of research interest.
  • One-third of the students may be from groups that are underrepresented in graduate school.




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More Information

For more information, contact Anthony Albecker,

Thank you for your time and interest. We look forward to receiving your application.

Graduate study at UMN

Are you a McNair Scholar from another institution and interested in graduate study at the University of MN? The Office for Diversity in Graduate Education has resources for you!